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GERMAN BULKER TRIALS BIOFUEL IN QUEST FOR DECARBONISATION

Friday, April 17, 2020  (Comments: 1)

Bavarian ship management company Minship's subsidiary Minmarine has announced that one of its managed vessels, the bulk carrier ‘Trudy’, has successfully bunkered biofuel at the Port of Rotterdam.

The biofuel bunkered by the 2009-built, 30,790 dwt bulk carrier on April 17 was GoodFuels’ sustainable Bio-fuel Oil MR1-100: which is a second generation sustainable biofuel produced from certified feedstock that is labelled as waste or residue.

Since biofuel will be the only fuel burnt in the main engine of the Trudy for the next 8-10 days, the vessel will generate up to 90% fewer CO2 emissions than if it was burning a conventional shipping fuel.

Minship says that the adoption of biofuel is a huge step towards the ship management company and its customers reaching their ambitious CO2 reduction goals.  Throughout the inaugural bio-fuel powered trial voyage taken by Trudy from the Port of Rotterdam, relevant performance indicators will be closely monitored to help inform future operations.

Additional trials on further vessels under Minship’s management are planned with a view to making biofuel a real alternative for its managed fleet to reduce carbon footprint.

Minship Shipmanagement MD Markus Hiltl said: "Following more than a year of preparations between multiple stakeholders, including ship owners, fuel suppliers, flag states, insurance companies and manufacturers, the initiation of this trial, led by subsidiary organisation Minmarine, has only been possible through the vision and support of GoodFuels. This trial is a significant landmark for Minship as it will allow us to demonstrate that the use of available green, alternative fuels can make shipping less dependent on fossil fuels right now.”

Reader Comments (1)

Delighted to see this progress in combustion efficiency with emphasis on the reduction of exhaust pollution. Some years ago I set up a program of research with similar objectives relating to diesel , turbines and boiler systems at the university of Newcastle using emulsification of fuels using water. The results indicated NOx reductjions of substantial percentages together with a significant improvement in overall fuel efficiency. CO2 reductions were similar! I published various papers with technical organisations such As The Mechanical and Marine Institutions . Patents regarding emulsifier designs were taken out also. I would assume that the latter has.now elapsed its registration period!!!! Could be an opportunity to resume research with a view to varifying , enhancing data and applying to all power systems Best of luck Ray .

By Prof Ray Thompson on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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